I received an email saying not to report to the embarkation station until
1pm for tomorrow's cruise (Liberty) ... After many cruises on Carnival I've never seen this before - have you ?
28 hours to go !!!
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Just Carnival's way of trying to spread out arrival times to cut down on long lines.
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I have done this. Waited until 1:30-2:00 PM to board. The lines are shorter, the food is still just as good, and the cabins are ready. most important of all: The waiters have not run out of the special of the day in the souvenir glass.
If you like to board early, your choice. If you want quick boarding, try waiting a little.
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We followed the instructions in the email to not show up until later and were disappointed that the photo department had already packed up by the time we arrived, so we didn't get a boarding photo on our last cruise. We did not have to wait in any lines though, and were in fact the only customers in the entire terminal.
It was still a great cruise, but the only one we don't have the boarding photo!
The latest I have ever boarded has been around 2:45 p.m. and it was one of the quickest boardings we've had. I wasn't feeling well that day and we arranged a late check-out at the hotel and boarded later.
There were very few people in the terminal but they had cut down the number of check-in stations so there was bit of a line.
I think the worst time to arrive is around 12 to 12:30 p.m. That is when things are the most "crowded".
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